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Obituary – Ian Allan



I spotted this obituary in the Daily Telegraph.  In the UK and for those of my generation, Ian Allan was synonymous with train spotting books and quality transport books.  Certainly in my teens and early twenties, Ian Allen was THE transport publisher – we don’t often think how lucky we are today with so many excellent and often very specialised books.  I had plenty of both.  I got rid of my spotters guides – perhaps I shouldn’t, but all they showed was that I was too young to see much steam in day-to-day service.  I have still got some of my early Ian Allan photo albums, including my first, ‘Southern Steam’.

Reading this obituary, I learnt a lot about the man, including….

Ian Allan, who has died the day before his 93rd birthday, triggered the post-war explosion of trainspotting as a British pastime by publishing the first booklet of…

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